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Gold front presentation badge from Alameda County Sheriff Burton F. Becker to Baseball player Del Howard.
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Gold front presentation badge from Alameda County Sheriff Burton F. Becker to Baseball player Del Howard.

Sheriff Burton F. Becker
Del Howard
Del Howard Baseball Card

Burton F. Becker was the police chief of Piedmont, California in the early 20th century.  He joined the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and was elected Sheriff of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in Alameda County in 1926. In 1930, after years of investigation by Alameda County District Attorney Earl Warren, he was tried and convicted on corruption charges, removed from office and sent to San Quentin Prison.

George Elmer "Del" Howard
Howard played regularly for the Pirates and Braves before coming to the Cubs in 1907. Although he could not break into the strong Chicago lineup, he was a useful backup on the 1907 and '08 championship teams. His younger brother Ivan played in the AL from 1914 to 1917.

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